Fire protection is an important part of your family's safety.
Fire is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the
home, most often affecting children and the elderly. In addition,
fires account for over $2 billion in damage to homes each
year. Take the following preventive measures to keep your home and
family safe from fire.
Fire prevention tactics
Fires can begin anywhere, but two areas in your home pose the
biggest fire threat - the kitchen and the garage. You can reduce
your risk of fire in these vulnerable places with the following
Use only UL-listed (Underwriter's Laboratory) or FM (Factory
Mutual) approved appliances and tools.
Check regularly for frayed or worn power cords or plugs, and
replace them immediately.
Don't operate appliances, switches or outlets with wet
Never plug in more appliances than a socket is designed to
Don't store flammable items over the stove.
Turn pot handles inward so children can't pull them down.
Keep a fire extinguisher on a wall nearby the stove.
Keep areas around stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers clean
to prevent dust particles from igniting.
Keep trash and other items away from the furnace or water
heater, preferably stored in sealed containers.
Check heating equipment annually.
Store gasoline and other flammables in tight metal containers,
away from the house - never near heating equipment or a pilot
Install smoke detectors
Most deaths from fire occur when people are sleeping. Smoke
detectors are an important and effective tool.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you
install one smoke detector outside each bedroom, and on all
levels of your home. Remember to test all your smoke detectors at
least once a month.
Install a monitored fire detection system
A monitored smoke detector not only sounds an audible alarm, but
it automatically sends a signal to a monitoring center which can
quickly dispatch the fire department. Monitored smoke detectors
provide more complete protection, whether you're home or
Ask your SecurityLink consultant to explain the advantages of
monitored smoke detectors.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy
A fire extinguisher can help you control a small fire and prevent
further damage. A multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher
labeled A-B-C is effective for most types of fires and is a must
for every home. Other types of fire extinguishers designed for
fighting specific types of fires are especially useful in the
following areas of your home:
In the den or living areas - Type A for use on ordinary
combustibles such as paper, cloth, wood, rubber and many
In the kitchen or garage - Type B for flammable liquids such
as oils, gasoline, kitchen grease, paints and solvents.
In the basement or workroom - Type C for electrical fires such
as wiring, fuse boxes, motors, power tools, appliances and
Plan your escape route
In the event of a large, uncontrollable fire, your best
defense is a quick escape. You should plan an escape route and
practice it regularly with your family. An alternate route should
also be planned and practiced, in case the main route is blocked
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